2012 Best TS
The Best TS is at the top of our list if you are looking for a high performance versatile kite design. Independent magazine and shop reviews confirm what we already know. The TS rocks just about any style riding you throw at it!
The TS range replaces the Taboo with many refinements but still represents the concept of building the ultimate quiver of high performance kites. The TS is the name for the upgraded and revised Taboo. Best took the original Taboo concept and brought it even closer to perfection. The TS has more low end grunt, better slack line feel and faster turn initiation. It's the perfect kite for riders who want the performance of a C-kite with the stability and the easy handling of a SLE designs.
Every size of the TS kite is uniquely engineered for a specific set of riding conditions - allowing the TS range to cover all riders and riding styles. Every aspect of design, shaping, material selection and construction in the TS has been refined to bring each size even closer to perfection.
Any rider looking for a high wind kite that is stable and predictable needs look no further than the 4m and 5.5m TS kites. Unhooked wave riders will find that the medium size TS kites offer the perfect blend of tight and fast steering responsiveness, light bar pressure and unhooked control, allowing them to express their style like never before.
New-school riders searching for blistering performance will be blown away by the improvements in handling, power delivery and jumping from the mid-sized TS kites. Hooked or unhooked the 7m -14m TS kites deliver greater stability, precise feedback and more performance than ever before.
For course racing and light wind conditions, the 15m and 17m TS kites are the most aerodynamically refined kites we've ever made. Refined even further they have been trimmed back to deliver maximum light wind performance and racing advantage. Changes to the center strut design and bridle positioning make them even easier to relaunch in the lightest conditions.
With sizes ranging from 4m to 17m there is a TS for every rider and every riding style.
2012 Best TS Kite Sale:
Kites include stuff sack, backpack and pump. Redline Control Bar is sold separate.
2012 TS 8m Package Special: $899 (Save $1398!)
Includes 2012 TS 8m kite, 2013 Redline Bar v3 and a 2012 KB Signature Board v3. This is a $2297 value!
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Best TS Wind Ranges:
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Best TS Details:
The TS was created using our Ride Optimized Geometry concept where each aspect of the 3D design, material selection and construction techniques were made with the sole intent of creating the most perfect high performance kite in each size based on its intended riding style.
Though each size of the TS is unique there are design trends across the sizes in the range that define the limits of their incredible performance; some of these choices are illustrated below.
Wingtip design and center of effort placement:
Placing the center of effort deeper in the canopy of the smallest size TS models helps to maximize unhooked performance.
Creating a wider wingtip area and moving the front bridle tow points backwards gives maximum steering responsiveness for faster turning and lighter bar feel.
Modified materials usage:
Materials usage in every TS is adjusted according to the intended use of the kite. We modify the Dacron placement across the trailing edge and wingtip area to give the smaller kites even better crash resistance than Canopy Framing can provide and to help ensure that they can survive even a prolonged rinse in overhead waves.
Dacron use in the largest size TSs is optimized to give the perfect blend of reduced kite weight to enhance lightwind performance while still ensuring that the wingtips are stiff enough to deliver the steering response and handling required by competitive course racers.
Aggressive canopy profiling and tip-to-tip shaping:
To improve power delivery throughout a turn in the medium TS sizes, the R&D team adjusted the canopy profile with a more aggressive curvature, this has the secondary benefits of allowing greater maneuverability paired with a lighter bar feel in midrange wind conditions.
Careful LE span shaping in the 10-14m TS sizes helps push turning ability while retaining all the stability and unhooked control of the smaller sizes. Improved power delivery and maneuverability in the medium sizes makes them kiteloop machines that retain their pull all the way through any loop making them the perfect new-school kite.
Swept wingtips for reduced drag and faster relaunch:
The 15m and 17m TSs have a more pronounced backwards sweep to their wingtips compared to the small and medium sizes; this helps decrease drag by reducing the surface area in the wingtips.
The back sweep to the wingtips of the largest size TS kites enhances the ability of the kite to roll onto the wingtip area, facilitating a faster and an easier relaunch, even in lightwind conditions
Increased projected area and aspect ratio for maximum lightwind power per square meter:
Lightwind riding and course racing requires maximum efficiency from your kite, not just low end grunt. By increasing both aspect ratio and total projected canopy area compared to the smallest sizes the largest TSs deliver both low end pull and maximum efficiency helping you ride and win when others cant.
Poly-strut placement helps modify drag characteristic for each intended use:
The taboo range uses 3, 4 and 5 strut canopy layouts to modify performance for specific riding style and kite sizes. The 4m and 5.5m kites use a tri strut layout. This allows enhanced airflow across the center of the canopy which reduces drag. Minimizing drag in the smaller sizes means they can point upwind further than is typically possible with very small kites helping to enhance their all-round usability.
The 6-14m TS kites use a 5 strut layout:
this ensures the centre of the canopy remains clear, helping to improve turning speed and jumping ability as well as ensuring that the ideal shape of the canopy is fully supported across the entire kite.
For lightwind and course racing the 15m and 17m kites need to be as efficient and as light as possible. To achieve this they use a new power-strut design where a 5 strut of much reduced cross section is used in the center of the kite. The 5th strut in the power-strut design is now connected to the EZ-pump system.
The TS introduces a new concept to building the ultimate quiver of high performance kites. Hooked or unhooked, on a wave or high above it, racing ahead of the pack or simply riding on a whisper of wind, each TS is uniquely engineered to optimize performance for specific riding conditions.
Best TS Features:
Ride Optimized Geometry:
Every size of TS v2 is unique. We've used a different blend of materials, construction techniques, bridling and 3D geometry to create a range of high performance kites where each model is ideally suited to delivering maximum performance for advanced riders looking for the perfect freeride/freestyle crossover kite.
New high performance fiber coatings on both Ripstop and Dacron materials maximize strength and increase handling responsiveness. With reduced material elongation under load making the TS range of kites the crispest handling and most responsive SLE designs we’ve ever made.
TS Micro Bridle:
The TS uses a short, direct connecting front bridle. Hidden next to the leading is a single movable tow point that gives you all the advantages of a direct connection to your kite yet still retains the stability, huge wind-range and ease of relaunch that you've come to expect from our SLE kite designs. For unhooked riding, the combination of kite geometry and the new micro bridle provides zero back stall and great unhooked feel.
Custom-Tune gives you the control to rig your kite to suit your personal riding style and wind condition. With multiple back line positions on the wingtips, you have the option to adjust the depower settings, back line pressure and the turning speed of your kite.
The EZ-pump connectors on the TS directly attach the tubes to the valves without an intermediary connector. Reducing the number of parts in the EZ-pump makes it more robust, easier to use and service.
New Needle Leading Edge:
The leading edge of every TS is stitched with a new needle, one needle per leading edge. Replacing the needle for every new Taboo LE ensures a more accurate stitch with smaller needle holes and a stronger final construction. It might cost a little more to do it this way but it's the best way to build a kite.
Hidden Bridle Patches:
The TS has multiple layer LE attachment points reinforcements, which are applied to the inside of the LE. This provides best possible load distribution and eliminates any risk of fraying Dacron edges.
Kevlar reinforced, abrasion resistant leading edge elbow patches provide greater resistance against handling and launch/land damage.
3D Kevlar Airframe:
All the leading edge and the strut joints on your kite are 3D shaped and constructed with a Kevlar material. There is no better way to connect the leading edge to the struts. Our construction gives the lightest and most durable inflatable kite structure available, yielding a kite with exceptional performance and easy handling for riders of all abilities.
Canopy Framing Technology:
Crashing your kite is a fact of life. That's why the perimeter of each canopy segment in every Best kite is supported with a unique reinforcement zone: isolating the canopy from impact and crash loads. CFT is a unique approach to distributing shock loads, and the effective transfer of TE tension, across the canopy of your kite and you'll only find it on Best kites.
Load Flex Seam:
The tip-to-tip leading edge seam on all of our kites is triple stitched and the inside is fully taped with a Mark cloth strip for maximum strength. All internal barrel seams are smooth-taped to protect the bladders from any ridges of stitching. The Load Flex seam design provides additional support to the leading edge helping to provide maximum strength and stability to your kite.
Flat Pack Seams:
Our Flat Pack LE barrel seams contribute to the strongest LE construction we've ever made. Removing the overlap between segments has created a stronger and lighter LE construction with enhanced stiffness and torsion load handling for even greater responsiveness and durability.
The strut bladders have a small length of string attached to the head of the bladder. This string passes through the head of the strut casing to allow you pull the bladder tight against the strut casing after replacing a bladder.
3D Scuff Guards:
The TS canopy receives 3D injection molded scuff pads to provide maximum protection in self launch situations.
Surf Tough describes how we build in the absolute highest quality with every kite that we make. There are no shortcuts to great performance and lasting durability. We take pride in each and every kite that we make and that's why you will find Surf Tough features on every one of our inflatable kites.